11 Easter eggs and references we noticed during Neighbours' 35th anniversary
Neighbours’ spectacular 35th anniversary has come to an end in a well and truly epic fashion, and while the soap very much set up its future during these tremendous instalments, there were also several little treats thrown in there for longtime fans to enjoy.
The wedding expo at Lassiters — which was the primary focus of the daytime instalments — proved a roaring success, while Finn Kelly’s (Rob Mills) reign of terror on the island — which kept us entertained during the late-night episodes — reached some degree of a conclusion.
With 35 years worth of compelling drama, unforgettable moments and iconic characters, it’s no surprise that the Channel 5 soap paid tribute to it’s legacy in such an epic way, and there plenty of little nods and references on offer for long-time fans.
Tom and Ian
While the Lassiters wedding expo ended up being a roaring success, there were a few hiccups earlier in the week when one of the participating couples — Tom and Ian — pulled out of the event.
The names Tom and Ian are a tribute to the actor’s behind iconic double act Harold Bishop and Lou Carpenter — Ian Smith and Tom Oliver.
Old Watson mine
The mine in which evil Finn pushed girlfriend Bea Nilsson (Bonnie Anderson) into was named Old Watson mine — no doubt a tribute to legendary Neighbours creator, Reg Watson.
The iconic theme tune
While the Neighbours theme tune has been revitalised several times over the decades in an effort to update it for modern audiences, long-time viewers were able to go back in time during Wednesdays’ day-time instalment — which was broadcast on the actual day of the soap’s anniversary — as an instrumental version of the original theme played over the first scene.
The ’86 intro credits
In addition the instrumental of the original theme tune, the opening of Wednesday’s episode also paid tribute to the 1986 intro credits, as Des Clarke’s (Paul Keane) arrival in Ramsay Street was filmed much like the title sequence question, featuring several shots of the regulars re-creating scenes from the iconic credits — specifically Dippi (Sharon Johal) soaking Shane (Nicholas Coghlan) with the garden sprinklers!
‘No Shane, No!’
The fun didn’t stop with the sprinklers, as — after Dipi soaked Shane — he playfully ran towards her, which prompted her to jokingly scream ‘No, Shane, no!’ — which Neighbours superfans will know where the first ever words uttered in the iconic soap.
Natalie Imbruglia and Torn
During the third daytime instalment, preparations were being made for Mark Brennan (Scott McGregor) and Paige Smith’s (Olympia Valance) big weeding day, and thus song choices for the ceremony were a subject of discussion.
Ned Willis (Ben Hall) suggested that Natalie Imbruglia’s ‘Torn’ should be added to the playlist, before commenting that his mum ‘used to sing it all the time’.
Natalie famously appeared in the Aussie soap as Beth Brennan between 1992 and 1993 — and made a brief appearance in 1994 — but what makes this reference all the more delicious is that Ned is actually Beth’s son. Genuis!
During the very same scene, Paige commented how her playlist if filled to the brim with Aussie artists — and Ty Harper was among the list of mentioned singers.
Of course, Ty Harper (Dean Geyer) was once a mainstay of the soap, and — a budding musician — famously had relationships with Libby Kennedy (Kym Valentine) and Rachel Kinski (Caitlyn Stasey) — the latter of whom he sang with on several occasions, including their memorable duet of original song ‘Unforgettable’ at the school prom.
Not that we remember the lyrics or anything….
Additionally, the other Australian artist whom Paige referenced in Nina Tucker, who was also once a regular on the soap — portrayed by none other than Delta Goodrem.
She appeared in the soap between 2002 and 2005, before making a brief return in 2015.
Another throwback came in the form of Danni Stark (Eliza Szonert) — a character who appeared between 1993 and 1996, before re-appearing in 2005.
As Lana Crawford (Bridget Neval) handed out fliers for fashion designers, the name that appeared on one of the fliers was none other than Danni’s!
The other flier in Lana’s hand sported the Kamizole name. Longtime viewers will remember that — back in the ’80s — the end credits repeatedly stated that the wardrobe for actress Fiona Corke — who portrayed Gail Robinson — was provided by Kamizole.
A Neighbours tribute simply would be complete without paying tribute to the queen herself in Kylie Minogue, and the final day-time instalment did just that, as childhood sweethearts Des Clarke (Paul Keane) and Jane Harris (Annie Jones) got wed to the tune of Kylie’s track ‘Golden’ — a song which the legendary singer released two years ago.
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